Headmaster’s Newsletter – 15 January 2016

Dear Parent,

I was delighted to receive an email from Harrow earlier in the week. It told us that four of our former pupils have been awarded Honorary Academic Scholarships following their outstanding results in their GCSE’s. The Headmaster of Harrow noted that these results were based on the good foundation they received while at Hill House.

At this week’s Assembly we had the great pleasure of welcoming children from Small School to their first Assembly as they were presented with their swimming certificates. It was good to see so many of their parents supporting them. Those children who have not yet been to Assembly will do so in the next few weeks.

Assembly is open to all parents to attend. Once the service is over I would ask all parents to leave the church first and make their way to the ground floor. The children will then follow. This will help with the smooth and quick dispersal of everyone.

Next week sees the first of this term’s showcases. Showcases are open to anyone to attend. I would particularly like to highlight this Tuesday’s Soirée d’Or at 6pm in Founders’ Hall. Some of the school’s best musicians will be performing an amazingly varied programme. A few are soon to be auditioning for music scholarships to Public Schools and this is an invaluable opportunity for them to perform in front of an audience before then. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

The first sports fixtures of term also begin next week. We wish our Hockey, Football, Rugby and Table Tennis teams well.

The second Glion course for the Lower Transitus girls depart on Tuesday. The first course was very successful even if the weather was not at its best.

We have a new and important addition to the staff this term. Mr. Glover is overseeing our response to Ofsted and ensuring that we are able to present ourselves in the best way possible when they call again. He has met with all the staff and toured all of the buildings. He has been very impressed with what he has seen and it is clear that great strides have been made since September. There is still work to do but it is heartening to know that we are most certainly moving in the right direction.

I wish you all a good weekend.

Richard Townend